The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel
What We Love
- Victoria Harbor vistas from most of the guest rooms
- Afternoon tea service with intoxicating infusions by local purveyor Jing
- The century-old cotton tree that greets guests upon arrival
- The Murray 75, the hotel’s signature orange blossom-forward version of the classic French cocktail
What To Know
- With rooms that starting at 500 square feet, this hotel has one of the city’s most spacious accommodations
- An in-house nutritionist can create customized menus for guests with dietary restrictions
- A one Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant opens doors soon
- The hotel’s pillow menu offers 16 choices, including a “snore-no-more” option
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Chicly restored Norman Foster knockout flanked by Victoria Peak, featuring harbor views and a Michelin-starred restaurant
When British architect Ron Philips designed this gridded ivory behemoth about 50 years ago, it was intended to function as a no-nonsense bureaucratic hive—but a 45-month-long renovation unveiled a dramatic revamp of the former government office. While long-admired features like its geometric façade and arcades remain untouched, powerhouse design firm Foster + Partners sought to make the urban icon a more permeable sanctuary, trading the building’s original fortress-like parking lot for a leafy courtyard that now includes a public tai chi area. Rooms are dapper and leather-bound, with surfaces covered in rare white stone. Sexy surprises continue in the form of a lobby redolent with Sicilian citrus and a glass-encased rooftop pavilion. The latter houses Popinjays (named for the resident cockatoos on neighboring Garden Road), a wraparound terrace bar with a curated selection of vintage champagnes. Though you’re within easy reach of the city’s buzzing retail heart, the property’s many sanctuaries of calm, including a soothing vitality pool, make this a coveted cocoon amidst Hong Kong’s urban sprawl.
In the Area
Though you can choose from one of five restaurants onsite, venture out for an all-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at nearby Duddell’s, perched above an outpost of local clothing boutique, Shanghai Tang. The hotel’s Cotton Tree Drive location mean guests are within a pebble’s throw of Hong Kong Park, a rare stretch of green in the concrete jungle featuring an aviary and the Hong Kong Teaware Museum. The international airport is approximately a 35-minute drive while Central, the closest subway station, is just a 10-minute walk.
How to Get There
I stayed 2 nights with my puppy in Murray for some repair work in my apartment. Murray is one of the limited available options of pet friendly hotels in Hong Kong. They provided amenities for my puppy. Room is really clean and stay is comfortable. Staff are nice and friendly. (Thanks Anthony for showing me around). Overall it's a really pleasant stay and will definitely stay there again for my future move.
My Husband and i wrapped our long travel journey at The Murray Hotel in Hong Kong.
From the minute we stepped into the front door of the hotel we were treated with the upmost kindness and generosity. The very understated but elegant front lobby was the gateway to an experience.
Alexander at the front desk welcomed us with a sweet room upgrade and
Our room on the 17th for had a beautiful park view and was warm inviting and very luxurious. Loved the bathroom amenities. Excellent tub & shower.
The Breakfast Buffet was mind blowing. The array of beautiful crafted pastries and other savory items were beautifully prepared and displayed.
We were so taken by the attention that we were given on the service level.
The indoor pool was a great retreat at the end of a long city day.
The rooftop bar Popping Jays provided a great Hong Kong Vibe as well as easy cocktails.
My favorite spot in the hotel was the Murray Lane Bar. Swanky...great cocktails. Easy Champagne & a very impressive Apertivo program in the late afternoon.
What impressed us the most was the care and attention we received form Mathew, the city Insider. He was able to map out for us great meals and travel tips on how to maneuver wrong HK most efficiently.
Also, Vishal the Food Operational Manager was a terrific listener and mentor when it came to curating places to eat and experiences.
Everyday we felt the service of the Murray outdid itself.
Excellent stay, hands down.
If you are looking for a luxury stay, for a reasonable price - this is the place. The staff at The Murray rarely put a foot wrong. I am truly struggling to find something to critique. From the moment you enter this hotel to the moment you leave, you are treated with the utmost care and respect.
It's the little things that take a hotel from a place to lay your head, to a place that is truly an experience. From the warm personal welcome upon entry, to the design of the rooms (which are gorgeous) - everything is perfect and well thought out in every luxurious detail. Believe me, you never want to leave the bed, and then you never want to leave the shower...
The food is outstanding, easily one of the best breakfast buffets (served with a hot breakfast) I have experienced, this says something as I travel very frequently and breakfast is usually where a hotel will let you down.
Let's talk about the rooftop bar. Great place to unwind after a day of walking around or working. The drinks are original, the service is great and the little bites they give are quite delicious. I ate dinner at a couple of the restaurants in the hotel after long days working. The atmosphere was wonderfully relaxing and the food - while a bit pricey was delicious. The servers were well informed and very helpful in helping a tired mind make an appropriate meal decision.
Regarding the service - I'll sum it up with this story.
Upon arriving in HK I had to meet a client. This meant taking a taxi. I had forgotten that taxi's only take cash, and I had not yet exchanged currency. The concierge WALKED me to the closest ATM, only to discover that it wasn't working, he found another one - then we discovered that ATM only took deposits. Realizing that I was now running late, he arranged for the hotel to pay for my taxi ride so I could get to my meeting on time.
THAT my friends is service.
Regarding location - it is off the beaten track a little. Situated right down the street from the US Embassy. It is still within walking distance (about a 15-minute walk) to high-end and local shopping, the central ferry, and other key sites such as the cultural center. You are also close to some great eats. Bring appropriate walking shoes. Cute sandals will not work with the uneven streets, stairs, and heat in July.
So when in central HK, The Murray is highly recommended.